Rover Curiosity lands safely on Mars

Updated 1:16 AM EDT, Mon August 6, 2012

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The dramatic landing of the SUV-sized rover is set for 1:31 a.m. ET Monday

This landing process involves a sky crane and the world's largest supersonic parachute

Curiosity's first stop slated to be Gale Crater, which may have once contained a lake

The vehicle will be controlled from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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(CNN) —  

Humanity’s curiosity about Mars has led to an exciting event: the dramatic landing of an SUV-sized rover, set for 1:31 a.m. ET Monday.

NASA’s $2.5 billion rover, Curiosity, will make its dramatic entrance into Martian territory in a spectacle popularly known as the “seven minutes of terror.” This jaw-dropping landing process, involving a sky crane and the world’s largest supersonic parachute, allows the spacecraft carrying Curiosity to target the landing area that scientists have meticulously chosen.